Security and Pipeline

Routine patrols and maintenance of the pipeline and right-of-way are performed by Buckeye employees and our contractors. You may see them on the right-of-way performing the following:

  • Aerial, vehicle and foot patrols - These patrols ensure that Buckeye’s rights-of-way are clear and accessible and that no unauthorized activity is taking place. 
  • Navigable waterway inspections - These allow Buckeye to verify that there is no danger to navigation along the waterway and that the pipeline has not been uncovered.
  • Close Interval and Pipe-to-Soil Surveys - These inspections verify that Buckeye’s pipelines are free of corrosion and in good condition.
  • Leak surveys - These ensure pipeline integrity.
  • Mainline valve inspections - Buckeye’s pipelines have valves located throughout our entire system. These valves are used to isolate sections of the pipeline when conducting maintenance and would be operated in case of an emergency. These routine inspections verify that the valves operate properly.
  • Third party excavation monitoring - Anytime excavation activities are performed along one of our pipelines, a representative from Buckeye is present to ensure that the work is performed following our guidelines and safety practices. If the pipeline is exposed, an inspection of the pipe and its coating is conducted to ensure it did not receive damage and that it is in good condition.

Buckeye also conducts routine maintenance on all pipelines and facilities. These maintenance activities are to ensure that the pipelines and equipment used in transporting the product through the pipeline are in proper operating condition.  Inspecting Pipe

Some of the maintenance activities that are routinely conducted are:

  • Clearing rights-of-ways - This allows Buckeye the ability to respond to pipeline emergencies along its pipeline in a timely manner and to patrol the rights-of-way to verify no unwarranted activity is being conducted that could endanger the safety of the people living, working and playing near the pipeline.
  • Exposing the pipeline to ensure the coating and pipe are in good condition and perform any repair work that is necessary to ensure the safe operation of the pipeline.
  • Placing pipeline markers along the rights-of-way to clearly identify that a pipeline is in the area.

During some of these maintenance activities, Buckeye may have to expose a section of its pipeline. Whenever this occurs, Buckeye will make every attempt to contact the property owner/resident in advance of the work to inform them of the required maintenance that will be performed to the pipeline.

After any work is completed, Buckeye will make every effort to return the property to its original condition.

All Buckeye employees carry a photo identification (ID) card.  Anyone can verify that someone working along our right-of-way is a Buckeye employee by asking to see their ID card. If you see someone working around a Buckeye pipeline or facility and are not sure if they are a Buckeye employee or contract employee, you can contact Buckeye by going to the Contact page on this web site and either calling one of the phone numbers listed for that area or by using the e-mail link on that page.

No work should be conducted along a Buckeye pipeline without prior approval. This is to ensure the safety of the people working around the pipeline as well as the safety of everyone else in the area.  Specific details about activities that are permitted on and near the right-of-way can found in the PDFicon.gif Right-of-way uses and restrictions brochure.

All of the activities menitoned above are designed to keep the pipeline operating safely.  In addition, Buckeye employees undergo Constant Training.